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Pumpkin Leaf and Tendril How-To

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2008


To decorate your holiday table, cluster several pumpkins (we used the 'One Too Many' variety) as a centerpiece and embellish them with marbled-paper leaves and wire tendrils.

Use the same technique for smaller 'White Ball' gourds, and arrange one on each plate for place settings.


  • Scissors

  • Pencil

  • Green marbled paper

  • Glue stick

  • Paper-covered millinery wire


  1. Download leaf templates, and print 2 copies of desired size onto card stock, enlarging and reducing as needed (smallest template works best with gourds). Cut out templates with scissors, and trace with a pencil onto green marbled paper. Cut out leaves with scissors.

  2. Using a glue stick, affix the reverse sides of leaves together to form a double-sided leaf. Crease down the center of leaf.

  3. Coil an 18-inch length of paper-covered millinery wire around a pencil to create a spiraled tendril. Trim wire as needed for smaller pumpkins and gourds. Wrap the center of the tendril once or twice around the pumpkin's stem to secure.

  4. To attach the leaf, slip the small slit at the leaf's base onto the tendril (on smaller specimens, you may be able to slip slits onto the stems).

  5. Repeat to make more leaf decorations.

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